Changes to better inform the population about smoke linked to forest fires

Changes to better inform the population about smoke linked to forest fires
Changes to better inform the population about smoke linked to forest fires

During active alerts, areas affected by high Air Quality Health Index values ​​will now be marked in red on a map that shows weather conditions and air pollution across the country.

The federal agency says it will also issue a new type of air quality advisory when the Air Quality Health Index exceeds 10 due to wildfire smoke. A value greater than 10 indicates a very high health risk.

Reaching this rating will trigger an advisory from Environment Canada warning of potential worsening health effects. The notification will urge affected people to seriously consider canceling their outdoor events.

Meanwhile, Ontario and Alberta have joined most other provinces in using an improved version of the Air Quality Health Index, which reflects hourly peaks of fine particulate matter in the air, known as PM 2, 5.

The Air Quality Health Index is presented on a scale of 1 to 10, in addition to a “greater than 10” section. The higher the number, the greater the health risks.

Deterioration in air quality particularly affects people with respiratory or heart problems, pregnant women, children and the elderly.

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